Free knitted scarf pattern

January 25, 2007 at 5:26 pm | Posted in Christmas, family, free knitting patterns, gifts, hat patterns, Holidays, knitting, Life, love, scarf patterns, shopping, women | 101 Comments

12-12-2012:  Catch up with me at my latest blog post  –> here.

This scarf pattern is available as a free Ravelry download with the latest updates and awesome yarn recommendations.  Click the link (words “free Ravelry download”) or search “New York Scarf – A Guy’s Woolie Warmer” on Revelry to get your free download

Check out my son’s Etsy shop, Flying Junction. He is an awesome urban graphic artist and photographer with a line of vintage-inspired subway signs, bus scrolls, urban typography maps, vintage maps, other cool urban art. He is the guy I designed this scarf and the matching hat for (see scarf pattern down below).

The New York Scarf for Guys … cozy, metrosexual style.  A slim scarf with clean, simple lines in an easy to knit pattern that is very enjoyable to knit.  (Free pattern further down the page.)  Equally at home out in the country or on city streets, this is a hand knit scarf men of all ages appreciate and actually wear.

Guys can be difficult creatures at times … and for a loving knitter, trying to come up with a hand knit gift for a guy that he will actually use can be a challenge. My son is a great example of a guy who a knitter (that’s me) loves dearly but who has very particular taste when it comes to things he will wear.

The first Christmas after I moved to New York from Los Angeles, I wanted to knit a hat and scarf for my son that he could (and would) use when he came to New York to visit at Christmas. I wanted something that would suit his style and taste, while also providing some much-needed warmth for the northern, winter climate. If I knit him something he didn’t want to wear, I wasn’t going to get very far in helping to keep him warm, now was I?

So, I designed this scarf (see pattern below) and the matching hat. The cool thing is, it worked! He loved both the scarf and the hat and has used them every time he comes to New York. He has even found opportunities here and there to use the scarf in particular in Los Angeles in the cold months, whenever they manage to have some of those.

Over the past five years thousands of knitters have come to this page to pick up this free scarf pattern. Hundreds and hundreds of others have purchased the pattern for the complete set (New York Hat and Scarf). The paid for pattern includes my personal recipe for double chip cookies I gave to my son along with his hat and scarf when I first sent them (guys love that cookie recipe).

It is very heartwarming to me to know that knitters all over the world have been using my pattern to make these two items for the guys in their lives and that those guys are actually loving and wearing their hand knit hat and scarf. The feedback has been awesome, and it just continues and continues.

My son, in the meantime, started a new business (Flying Junction) designing and selling vintage-inspired authentic looking subway roll signs and bus scroll prints representing various neighborhoods in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Washington D.C., and Atlantic City. (He also makes custom signs with the same vintage-distressed look–if requested–that his signs and prints have.)

He has worked as a professional artist and graphic designer for more than ten years. His t-shirt designs (online, in exclusive boutiques, and recently carried in several Urban Outfitters stores) have been worn by celebrities around the globe and are frequently spotted in celebrity photos, television productions, and music videos.

His prints and canvas signs are inspired by original subway signs and bus scrolls dating back to the early 1900’s. He uses hand-lettering techniques to create authentic, vintage looking reproductions of the original signs and scrolls. He says:

“I believe that taking the time and care in my work to come as close to the originals as possible gives the viewer a more powerful feeling of connection with the cities and times represented. “

I’m telling you about this here because I have an idea for an extra special guy on your list. Knit him the New York Hat and Scarf and give that to him along with at least one of my son’s NYC (or another city) subways roll signs. Bake up a batch of the cookies (recipe is included for free in the Hat and Scarf pattern) and give it all to him as a themed gift package.

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  1. The scarf looks lovely firefly! I’m sure your son will wear it with pride. I love to do ribbing!

  2. The flowers are beautiful! I love forcing bulbs in the winter. I’m sure your son will love the scarf!


  3. the amaryllises are beautiful! that is a nice thick scarf for your son! it is supposed to dip down in temperatures again here.

  4. The scarf looks great and I love the amaryllis. I left mine in Australia and haven’t replaced them yet.

    • I live in Australia…I found your scarf…it ended up in Perth. A lucky black swan is a lot warmer this winter, you’ll be happy to know 😉

    • Where is the pattern dor the scarf ?I like to make it.Plaese.l

  5. Best of luck with your project. I hope it goes very well for you.

    Your flowers are beautiful. I love amaryllis flowers. If you are careful with it, you should be able to keep it for quite a few years.

    The scarf looks very cozy.

  6. One of my favourite flowers – thank you for the photos. That is a terrific scarf!

  7. Love the scarf. The flower is gorgeous.

  8. The scarf is lovely and warm looking I am sure your son will love it and get lots of use this winter. Your flower is just beautiful.

  9. Beautiful flower, beautiful scarf, beautiful mom.

  10. What a gorgeous photo. How cheerful they seem — and the image of them standing by the window watching the snow. Love it.

  11. The flower is beautiful.

  12. I just wanted to thank you for the scarf pattern. I just started it in a deep red Suri Merino. It’s working up beautifully. Thanks again.


  13. hi,
    the scarf is beautiful. i really want to make it but yesterday i tried the pattern and it doesn’t look like your scarf at all 😦 am i missing something? it looks jumbled up, no “ribs” at all. would someone who have made this scarf offer help please : ) is the pattern correct? the pictures are beautiful..logging on your site is like going to the spa without leaving my desk! keep it up!

  14. Carrie-
    i am just starting this scarf and noticed that if you follow the pattern as it is written, you will end up with two purls at the end of row three, which means row four will not be able to start with K3, but rather would would have to start with K2. does that make sense?

  15. Thanks for your wonderful stories and lovely pictures. What cottage did you stay in when you went to Clayton,it looks so countyish and rustic?!We’d love to go there soon. And I also tried your scarf(which is gorgeous!)but following the pattern it’s not coming out right,please help! I’d like to make it for my son also. Thanks for your time…have a beautiful day!

  16. Kathleen was correct, the pattern had an error in it. I have corrected it now (31 Oct 07). My apologies!


    • For clarification purposes, row 3 is K3 P3 and row 4 is P3 K2 continue until scarf is 65 inches long and knit two rows???

      • I mean K3 P2 for row 3 and P3 K2 for row for etc. etc. etc.

  17. I am working on this scarf right now and really like it. However, it is curling on both edges. Any suggestions to fix the scarf from curling?

    • was told years ago by the person that taught me to knit if you just slip the first stitch not knit it that the ends will not curl.

  18. My bed of red amyrillas have been in my family for more than 50 years!! They originally belonged to an aunt who was born in 1905. They have been in my posession for about 23 years. I have harvested and replanted the bulbs 3 different times after purchasing new homes the last one being 14 years ago. They are thriving!!!

  19. This scarf pattern is exactly what I am looking for – beautiful!
    I think I will make one for my husband for christmas:>
    Thank you!

  20. Hi,
    I am just starting out but do not like any of the beginner patters but love yours. Would it be too difficult for a beginner to try? If not, would it be possible to get step by step instructions on how to get started. Thanks!


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  22. absolutely wonderful, i’ll be trying that patterns

  23. Great pattern – thanks alot – only comment is the end result turned out a little thinner than I anticipated so for those who want a wider scarf, adding more stitches and getting an extra ball of yarn might be worth it. Looking forward to the reaction from the guy I will give it to. Thanks again!

  24. This is awesome! I love it!

  25. hi the scarf looks lovely.i will try to do it.was my birthday on 28th went away for it.come home, tues nite the door was open a lady say house alarm flash on mon.the metal on door bent forward,mortis lock in garden.but nothin gone thnk looked for my lap top not find it.i cant sleep to scared keep get headaches now.have ear infection for 2mths now that gives me h,ache fed up not know if to go out or stay in.been sleep on sofa.take care marie.

  26. This is a great, unisex pattern. I’m an editor for, and I took the liberty of linking to your blog from my roundup blog post of free scarf knitting patterns.

  27. A 4 1/2 inch scard ? The picture certainly isn’t a 4 1/2 inch scarf. Could you please clarify? Thanks

    • Yes, it is a narrow scarf … after lightly blocking the width is 4 1/2 inches across.

  28. Thanks for this pattern! I’m pretty new to knitting and only know the stitches that are used in the pattern. I’m off to check out more of your blog!

  29. i followed your pattern. the scarf came out beautifully. I’m a beginner and i used this as my first project, making the scarf for my dad and my boyfriend. i took the liberty of linking your patter to my blog- as a personal future reference if i want to make this pattern for personal use again. thank you.

  30. Is the NY Hat & Scarf classified as Beginner/Easy/Intermediate/Advanced?
    I am just beginning to learn knitting and wonder if this is something I could do? Thanks.

    • It is an easy project, with clearly written instructions. You should be able to execute it without a problem.

  31. I love the scarf. However, it is fairly tight and I’m not sure if its is my fault or what.
    I’m using a size 6 needle and a wool/acrylic blend yarn.

    Please help!

  32. I made this scarf up a couple of times using different wools and love the results. I am using the pattern now for a small blanket throw.

  33. I can’t find this yarn online (for the scarf) Any answers for this?

  34. I can’t find this yarn online. Any suggestions?

    • Berroco probably has a decent substitute. You need a good worsted weight, soft to the touch yarn. Not a heavy worsted weight though. ~firefly

  35. i love the vintage Smith and 9th sign…i used to live there in the 70’s…i have found memories of the old neighborhood..i live in sunny Ca. now….i will help my Chinese student to make this great scarf for her brother in China..thankyou so much for this lovely site!

  36. Thank you for this pattern. I made it exactly as you suggested and it turned out truly wonderfully. I also blocked it and added a fringe. Thanks again. 🙂

  37. […] L. Fleckenstein Guy’s Woolie Warmer- Follow this free knitting pattern to create a quick and easy rustic man’s scarf in the […]

  38. am trying this pattern, but why it looks like different from the pic T-T

  39. hello,

    i made a scarf from this parrern for my hubby’s birthday and he absolutely loves it!
    you can c the result in here

    thank you so very much for sharing !! :))

  40. If I want to make this scarf wider, how many stitches should I add on?

    • also, can I use a size 7 needle instead of 6?

      • You can certainly use a size 7 rather than a size 6 needle — that will, in itself, make the scarf wider. To increase the wide, add on at least one more repeat of the rib pattern (the knit and purl stitches — I forget how many you knit before you purl, but increase them both at least once. You should knit a swatch in the ribbing pattern on your size 7 needles to determine just how many stitches wide you want the completed scarf to be. Good luck! ~firefly

  41. Look great! What a perfect gift for a guy.
    I’ll add your link to my scarf collection page.
    Thanks for sharing.

  42. I love your work!! My sister lives on a farm in New Castle PA, wish I could spend more time there, but I live in Huntington Beach, CA and have many options here for gorgeous weather and countrysides/beaches!
    Can I order your catalogue?Thank You! Teresa

  43. PLEASE, SOMEBODY! How do I print out JUST the directions for the scarf and not the NINE (!) pages of comments on it???

    I would be very grateful for nice, clear, simple help!
    Thanks in advance,
    Sally Defty, Bolton Landing, NY

    • Sally, can most likely specify in your printer menu pages 1 through whatever to print out. ~firelfy

    • Sally, (firefly) gave you the most direct correct answer. However, I often use a different method: Hover your cursor to highlight only the portion of the text you want to print, then click on COPY in your computer’s menu selections. Next, open a note or word processing document and click on PASTE. Only the part you selected will appear in the document. You can then print as is, or you can adjust the font type and size so that it will fit on the number of pages you want it to be. Hope this is helpful. This works for copying any document found online.

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  45. […] scarf {easy crochet, easy knit} […]

  46. ahahahaha… i just finished this scarf, and that’s true. something error on it as i followed the uncorrected-yet pattern. but my bf said he loves that scarf very much (as it’s my 1st knitting scarf)

  47. […] el diseño New York Scarf, que yo encontré en Ravelry y que también ésta aqui.  Según decía la autora, era un diseño muy rápido y debía haberla terminado en un par de […]

  48. […] A Simple Ribbed Pattern – adapted from I Live on a Farm […]

  49. […] camera (if I do, i’ll FINALLY be able to buy the camera…) 3. Knit a scarf just like this one.. 4. Lose 5 legit pounds (this is for real.. I will do this! It might not seem to hard for […]

  50. […] Here’s the pattern: […]

  51. Good Afternoon to you.. I just love reading your beautiful little stories on your Blog. Yes, I agree God has bless you in many ways and now you’re sharing with us. That is our Gift.. And thank you for sharing your beautiful little knitting pieces/projects with us.. I was wondering what is on your needles with (blue yarn) in the photo with the little Rag Doll ? Whatever it is I am sure it will be another lovely piece.

    Do keep well and take care..
    God’s Blessings to you & your Family

  52. Love it

  53. Hi where can I find suri merino wool please? I am in Australia

    • The original pattern is correct, follow the pattern as it is above not Kathleen’s suggestion. ~ firefly

  54. Question: Is the original directions already corrected, or should I follow Kathleen’s advice and cast on three additional stitches at the beginning?

  55. I am a complete beginner and I am confused what “K3 and P2” stitches are. I don’t know how to start this project. I am hoping to finish it before christmas and give it to my boyfriend as a gift. Please Help!

    • Hi Jill,

      K3 means to make 3 knit stitches, likewise P2 means make 2 purl stitches. Good luck with your knitting! ~ firefly

      • Hi Firefly,
        Thanks for helping me out! It certainly made things more clear.

        I have a quick question, does the project differ with the kind of yarn i use. I wanted to make it for my boyfriend as a gift. I was thinking of “98% alpaca & 2% Polyamide” but i’m not sure. It is a chunky but light and soft. I’m not sure what the difference is between Worsted or Aran or any of the yarn wieghts. Could you give me a tip to picking the kind of yarn?

        Thank you!

      • As long as the yarn is the correct weight, and gives you the correct gauge, you’ll be fine. The fiber content you mentioned sounds like it will work with no problem, but do check your gauge. I just read your comment again, and noticed you stated the yarn is chunky weight. If it reads “chunky” on the label, and not worsted, your gauge is going to be off and the hat will be too large.

  56. […] Nathan wants a thick scarf. I’m thinking the New York Scarf. It looks cozy, and it’s an easy pattern to […]

  57. I linked to your post on my blog:

    I’m so excited to knit this scarf for my boyfriend!

    • I hope you enjoy the knitting, and he enjoys the love.

  58. Hello,
    I just began this scarf as a gift for my husband and really like the masculine pattern! I noticed though that my scarf edges are starting to curl in (I am probably about 30 rows in). I couldn’t find the yarn suggested for the pattern so I selected an 80% acrylic/ 20% wool blend. Will I be able to block the scarf at the end so that it maintains it shape? Would it be wiser to start over and add 2 stiches on either side of garter stich to hold the shape? I thought I would ask before I got even farther along! I appreciate your insights!

  59. I am new to knitting as so many here are, I love the scarf and would like to make it for my son and 2 son-in-laws for Christmas. I don’t know anything about yarn weights etc and went on the Plymouth Yarn Co website and cannot find Suri Alpaca Merino. I found the color #402 on other Collections ie., Pasea which is 50% Alpaca and 50% Wool, I really like the look of your scarf as shown as it appears to have a soft fuzz like appearance. I did find Suri Alpaca Merino but there are no color swatches. I currently reside in MI, am from NY and will be moving to NC. Can you please enlighten me on the what yarn would be a good substitue if I cannot find the one used in your scarf. Thanks so much. Jeani

    • Hi Jeani — try going to and looking for a worsted weight yarn. I think they have one called Wool of The Andes that might be worsted weight, and should have a charcoal grey plus other very nice colors. You can search for yarn at their site by weight or fiber, so it is very easy to find just what you are looking for. The key is to find a worsted weight. Then you would also want to choose a fiber that is a good match for the climate for each scarf recipient. Good luck with this! Best wishes, firefly

  60. I’ve started this pattern and although I followed the pattern, there’s no ribbing. It just looks like a regular knit. It’s perfectly knitted and looks quite nice but there’s no design! What am I doing wrong?

    • Never mind! I just realised my purl stitch was wrong! I was just doing a knit stitch differently. XD same effect.

  61. Will be making this for my brother this Christmas 🙂 Thanks for the beautiful, simple pattern! (I find the simpler the better for men!)

  62. Hi, I’m really new to knitting and I noticed the edges of the scarves are curling. You mentioned that you had to block the scarf? Can you give me advice on blocking of the scarf? Thank you!

    • I pinned the scarf to some towels, pulling it only slightly to flatten it out and making it just slightly wider than it was after knitting (no severe pulling). Then I sprayed it with a spray bottle of water only until it was damp, an then I left it to dry overnight. Make sure it is dry all the way before you unpin it. ~firefly

  63. I am going to make this for my son for christmas. Do you have the hat pattern free or do I need to buy that?

    • Hi Pam, the hat is one that is for sale rather than free. It includes the scarf pattern and my personal recipe for making chocolate chip cookies that my loves. You can find the hat pattern in my Etsy Store or on my website. Good luck and happy holidays!

      • Would you please write the four row pattern and how many to cast on. I see several corrections and I a confused

      • Hi Pam, if you just follow the pattern as it is written above there should be no confusion. Don’t follow the suggestions of any of the comments made here on the blog, There was one error in the pattern when I first posted it, it was pointed out and I corrected it at that time. The pattern is correct, as it is now posted. 🙂 firefly

  64. Thank you so much for the pattern, I’ve just finished knitting the scarf for my father’s Christmas present. I think he is going to love it!

  65. Thank you for this great pattern! I think this is a perfect scarf for men and I made it for my husband for Christmas. He loves it 🙂

  66. I am just a beginner but made this scarf for my 9-year-old with Noro silk garden in blue/greys. It turned out beautifully, and he loves it. I love that it is a style that will grow with him–suitable for a big boy, but not something that he’ll think is babyish in a few years. Thank you! Going to try the hat next 🙂

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  68. “Free knitted scarf pattern I live on a farm
    ” was a pretty good post, . Keep posting and I’ll try to keep following! Regards -Phillipp

  69. This pattern great! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! I have a question regarding the size of the needle, i have a needle that says 6 at the end. Is this the correct needle? 6 dpns doesnt mean 6mm right? And is my scarf looks narrower than it is in the picture, is this normal? Maybe cuz mine is so curled up. Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks!

  70. […] knitted this lovely men’s scarf from the blog I Live On A Farm which I happened to find while looking at knitting patterns (it also has a matching […]

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  72. May i use your picture of the scarf in a facebook post?

    • Yes, you may if you provide a link back so people know where the photo is from.

  73. Just finished the scarf. I started knitting it on my way up to NY from NC, so for me it was certainly a NY Scarf. I used a denim color wool yard & it looks fabulous. I just need to block it and it will be complete. Thank you for sharing the pattern, I am a beginner knitter & it was so nice to make such a lovely scarf.

  74. This is a hard candy Christmas for us – and I am despairing for something for my husband. How long did it make you to knit this? I’m a beginner knitter and am looking for something relatively easy that I can knit in 2-3 hours.

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  76. Hi. I’m in Iceland knitting this scarf and I don’t understand this recipe completely.

    Rows 1 and 2: Knit.
    Row 3: *K3, P2*. Repeat from * to * across row.
    Row 4: *K2, P3*. Repeat from * to * across row.

    Does this mean:
    row three, knit 3, purl 2 repeating all the way across that one row.
    row four: knit 2, purl 2 repeating all the way across that row.

    is that correct?
    thanks for the help!

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